The Panama Canal by Elizabeth Mann
The Story of how a jungle was conquered and the world made smaller (Wonders of the World Book)

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It seemed so simple. Panama was less than fifty miles wide. How difficult could it be to build a canal across it?

Tragically difficult. Panama was a disease-ridden death trap. Its mountainous rain forest was a challenge to the most brilliant engineers. Its oppressive heat exhausted the hardiest workers.

Somehow the Panama Canal was built. Engineers found ways to cut through the rain forest. Medical visionaries conquered the diseases. Workers endured the jungle.

Yet side by side with genius and selfless heroism were broken treaties, the domination of a small nation by a large one, and tens of thousands of black West Indian workers forced to live in second-rate, segregated conditions. This, too, is the story of the Panama Canal.

The Panama Canal captures the spirit of an age when no task was thought impossible, and no price too high to pay.

Wonders of the World series

The winner of numerous awards, this series is renowned for Elizabeth Mann's ability to convey adventure and excitement while revealing technical information in engaging and easily understood language. The illustrations are lavishly realistic and accurate in detail but do not ignore the human element. Outstanding in the genre, these books are sure to bring even the most indifferent young reader into the worlds of history, geography, and architecture.

"One of the ten best non-fiction series for young readers."
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About Elizabeth Mann

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Elizabeth Mann has written nine Wonder of the World books, an award-winning series cited by Booklist as one of the ten best nonfiction series for young readers. Alan Witschonke graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. He was the illustrator of two previous Wonder of the World books, Hoover Dam and The Brooklyn Bridge.
Published October 1, 1998 by Mikaya Press. 48 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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While there were excellent living conditions for American workers in Panama, those conditions were not duplicated for Caribbean laborers: “Black Caribbeans suffered a higher rate of death from accidents and disease than any other group.” Rangel’s lavish full-color illustrations capture the immens...

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